Learn the history behind what genres are most successful in the eyes of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. And learn where screenplays fall short.
The Honorary Academy Award is a special honor I've always felt should be presented to film artists who had been overlooked by the vagaries of the competitive awards.
Masterfully directed by Lenny Abrahamson and adapted from Emma Donoghue's best-selling book, Room won the People's Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival last month. The film is already getting fierce Oscar buzz.
Matt Damon turned 45 on October 8. The actor, writer, producer and screenwriter won an Academy Award--with Ben Affleck -- for the screenplay, Good Will Hunting when he was just 27. But Damon has managed to stay incredibly grounded.
This beautiful story about courage, principles, women and the exceptional men who can come along to love them set in Pakistan, opens as one of those idyllic Bollywood films, something in the vein of Mission Kashmir.
Kate Winslet turns 40 on October 5. The Oscar-winning actress has a refreshingly positive attitude about entering her fourth decade. As she told Net-a-Porter's weekly online magazine, The Edit, "I'm baffled that anyone might not think women get more beautiful as they get older."
After living in the Midwest for about 30 years I really didn't know too much about Indiana -- it seemed like a nice state but my sense was that the state was pretty limited, culturally.
Rohm hasn't just crossed borders in her own life, but she has to cross artistic borders on every job she takes. Actors have to navigate personal boundaries with co-actors and artistic boundaries with directors and writers.
The brutal assassination of Luna by his fellow revolutionaries, who saw arrogance more than merit, serves as a cautionary tale, a reminder of how the Philippines' greatest enemy was (and is) internal divisions and narrow loyalties, which have stunted its nation-building quest to this date.
Festivals keep alive the communal experience of film viewing, considered an anachronism in the age of laptops and cell phones.
This has been a good year for actresses in general, and actresses past 50, once a rarity come Oscar time, are in strong position to get a little love from the Academy.
Naturally until the hosts are named I imagine everyone's father's brother's nephew's cousin's former roommate is going to weigh in on the possible golden tag team. Include me in the mix.
Eddie Redmayne stars in his first major role since winning the Oscar for The Theory of Everything and it's clear he's going to make us break out the tissues again for this one and perhaps need to clear some more space on his award shelf.
Vito Russo, the legendary gay and AIDS activist whose achievements have already earned him a biography and several film documentaries, is best known as the author of The Celluloid Closet and as a co-founder of GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation)
Pioneering movie director's Dorothy Arzner recent death reminds us that still today too few movies are directed or produced by women. It wasn't until 2009 that the first Oscar for Best Director went to a woman!
I crave, in no particular order, respect for the audience, respect for the story and its characters and respect for women. It boils down to the basic definition of the principle of this grand word "respect," which is "due regard for the feelings, wishes, rights or traditions of others."